Updates are related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) & SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed) in the Farm Bill.
Before you dive into these updates, understand these terms and background behind them. . .
- Farm Bill Primers -
- "SNAP" - The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has prepared this brief and website.
- "SNAP-Ed" - SNAP-Ed Connection lays out the basics of SNAP-Ed.
- In preparation for the 2018 debate on the Farm Bill, the House Agriculture Committee has launched this webpage that will be updated as the process unfolds. agriculture.house.gov/farmbill/?utm
- The US Department of Agriculture intends to offer state agencies greater local control over their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This was stated in the following letter. A statement from the Secretary of Agriculture reinforces this message.
- How does the current budget proposal affect The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)? See the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities report here.
- This article talks about the effects of SNAP budget cuts on local communities, grocers, farmers markets, as well as distributors.
- That’s why the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) worked with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Census Bureau to create the 2014-2016 Eating & Health Module (EH Module), a supplement to the American Time Use Survey (ATUS). Beyond their most recent research, the ERS's 2006-08 EH Module produced statistics on time spent in eating, drinking, along with meal planning and meal prep for people age 15 and older and for participants on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Find all the data listed here.
- The Food Trust and 50 other national organizations, companies, and foundations provided SNAP Education priorities as the Farm Bill is renewed in 2018.
- The American Enterprise Institute wrote a paper on the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the Farm Bill.
- Did anyone notice that the cost of food went down?
- See the pie chart that breaks down spending of the Farm Bill compared to other government programs.
- Proposed at the Federal level, this bill would amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide for a standard medical expense deduction under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- The proposed Federal Food Sharing Act of 2017 would amend Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to make grants to carry out farm gleaning projects.
- The proposed College Student Hunger Act of 2017 would amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to expand the eligibility of college students to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- The Federally proposed Pathways Out of Poverty Act of 2017 would strengthen and expand proven anti-poverty programs and initiatives.
- Filed for January 9, 2018, this Alabama bill would prohibit the Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources from requesting a waiver of federal work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents who are applicants or recipients of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). That means, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants would need to participate in minimum work requirements, provide documentation of engaging in work training, or participate in volunteer community service. This bill would provide limited exemptions from these work requirements.
- This Illinois bill would prohibit the Department of Human Services from seeking renewal or extending any federal waiver of the 3-month time limit or work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependent children who apply for or receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- This proposed bill would require the Department of Health Services (DHS) to establish and implement a pilot program to provide discounts to certain households that are eligible for FoodShare benefits or Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program discounts on fresh produce and other healthy foods. DHS would administer the healthy eating incentive pilot programs and contract with an independent research entity to conduct a study of the program.
- This proposed Wisconsin bill would require the Department of Health Services (DHS) to develop conduct a pilot program to use FoodShare benefits for healthy foods and beverages. Under the bill's pilot program, DHS must identify categories of or specific foods, food products, and beverages that do not have sufficient nutritional value and restrict the use of FoodShare benefits for those foods, food products, and beverages.
- How does the current budget proposal affect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program? See the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities here.
- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas Health and Human Services Commission (THHSC) announce their approval of the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) for Texas disaster areas. Eligible households in the affected areas will receive two months of benefits, equivalent to the maximum amount of benefits normally issued to a SNAP household of their size.
- This article talks about the effects of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program budget cuts on Pennsylvania communities, grocers, farmers markets, as well as distributors.
- You can keep up with what the House Agriculture Committees’ Nutrition Subcommittee is doing by clicking scrolling through this archive.
- Is their a link between people receiving food stamps and academic performance?
- According to the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior study, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are not enough to cover a healthy diet. More on the matter can be found here.
- A large grocery chain is offering discounts for grocery delivery service to people on the Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- This bill would amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide for a standard medical expense deduction under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- This federal bill would amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to allow certain students who are family caregivers to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- On August 30, the House Agriculture Committee held another hearing in its series of Farm Bill listening sessions. It was recorded at this website. The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee held their hearing on in September. Watch the archived recording here.
- Gus Shumacher, a longstanding advocate against hunger, passed away. See all that he did for the food insecure.
- What does eating on $4 a day look like?
- The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) released their SNAP Maps this week. It’s a new interactive data tool that shares the number of families utilizing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) in different areas across the country.
- Sometimes national data does not breakdown like the locals see it. That’s why the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger created their own map with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Data for Pennsylvania.
- 7 fun facts for Farmers Market week. Here is one fact to peak your interest: Participants in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) redeemed more than $20 million in benefits buying food from local farmers in FY 2016.
- A new bill adopted in California offers Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to college students who are enrolled half-time and requires the Student Aid Commission to notify students of these potential benefits.
- It’s National Farmers Market week, so check all that federal nutrition programs, food incentive grants and the senior farmers market programs are doing across the nation by clicking on the links within this article.
- The US Department of Agriculture’s Secretary Purdue pledges over $16 million to encourage people on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to purchase healthier.
- Large box stores will lose billions over the next couple years because of fewer people redeeming Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
- 2-year colleges and vo-tech school students suffer from being food insecure.
- In mid-July, the US Department of Agriculture’s Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the new leaders for the Food and Nutrition Services and Consumer Services branches. Find out more, here.
- The Senate Appropriations Committee has adopted its FY 2018 agriculture spending measure (S.1603). This bill maintians nutrition program funding at current levels and dismisses the Trump administration’s proposed cuts, including the proposal to eliminate the Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The House Appropriations Committee passed its agriculture spending bill in July. Find it here.
- A new bill would prohibit the Department of Human Services from applying for, accepting or renewing a waiver of federal work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents who are applicants or recipients of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program established under section 5 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 without prior approval of the General Assembly.
Have you seen the food policy road map outlined by Philadelphia’s Food Policy Action Council? Here are some highlights:
- Penn State Extension programs, Future Farmers of America and other agricultural programs, chefs and SNAP-Education school programs team together to teach Philadelphians about nutrition and the food system.
- “ 44% of Philadelphia’s food pantries and soup kitchens cannot provide fresh produce, and only 11% of them offer nutrition or cooking classes”
- “27% of Philadelphians who are eligible for SNAP are not enrolled”
- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) plays a huge role in rural areas.
- SNAP-Ed professional development opportunity! A webinar called, “Systems Approaches for Healthy Communities” is a professional development program about implementing policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) interventions with educational strategies. This program will be available in October 2017. Until then, see this website for details.
- In Louisiana, this bill allows certain public assistance (i.e. government food assistance) for former drug convicts.
- In Nevada, this bill prescribes how to calculate the 36-month time period for determining a person’s eligibility for benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- In New Jersey, this resolution urges the US Department of Agriculture to lower the eligibility threshold for federal nutrition programs.
- On June 8th, the Agriculture’s subcommittee held a hearing called, “SNAP Technology and Modernization.” It outlined issues with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) system and associated stigma. Solutions included: privatizing technologies to increase the system’s efficiency and reduce the price or using mobile app. Learn more about this issue here.
- A tentative budget from the House drastically reduces funding for the Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- Food eTalk is a new online nutrition education eLearning program which features six- to ten-minute lessons, cooking videos, and other trainings.
- Center for Budget & Policy Priorities’ “Block Granting SNAP Would Abandon Decade-Long Federal Commitment to Reducing Hunger”
- In the past couple years, Pennsylvania has stepped up their services to people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
- Joseph Author, executive director of the Central PA Food Bank, shared during the House Agriculture’s meeting on how food banks rely on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Read his testimony here.
- Nutrition advocates focus on the need for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
- Simply put, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) works.
- These charts share pictures of the history of all presidents’ discretionary budget spending.
- In this research study, most Americans (regardless of this political standing) wanted people to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
- A majority of those who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance work, but they don’t get paid enough very much.
- Immigrants in Georgia have shied away from receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
- The Senate Agriculture Committee held a Farm Bill hearing on May 6. You can watch it here, and see all the witnesses who spoke here. Lots of nutrition programs are covered under this bill.
- With looming cuts in the new budget proposal, here is a laundry list of research that shows how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program works.
- How does the new budget challenge the current Farm Bill and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program? A snapshot here.
- The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has published this report about how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps millions of people getting through unemployment spells, those working multiple shifts, low-wage jobs, unpredictable schedules and all with very few benefits.
- Soon, Sonny Perdue, the candidate Secretary of the Agriculture, will be voted in by the Senate very soon. Some worry that he hasn’t supported food and nutrition assistance in the past.
- Joseph Author, executive director of the Central PA Food Bank, shared during the House Agriculture’s meeting on how food banks relay on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Listen to it here, and read his testimony here. The Food Trust also shared on the matter.
- This is February’s State Budget update, and Hunger Free PA shares more on its impact on Food Banks, food pantries and other food distribution across the state.
- A local dietitian shares why the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) stimulates the economy. Make sure to watch her TEDTalk featured in this article. It will pull on your heart strings!
- Politicians call for the 2018 Farm Bill to pass on schedule.
- Immigration enforcement scare people from receiving the supplemental benefits they need. Find more here and there.
- Hearings at the house continued last week. Testimonies came from House representatives, the public health sector, state commissioners involved with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). These advocates wanted the next version of the Farm Bill limit sugar-sweetened beverages purchased on SNAP dollars, expand the summer EBT programs and many more requests listed here.
- The American Heart Association released the SNAP policy paper that calls for a pilot program within SNAP to figure out the result of having fruit and vegetable incentive along with the removal of sugary drinks from SNAP purchases. Their testimony is here.
- The supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) works to aid mothers struggling with substance abuse.
- New Jersey legislation aims to cut food waste in half and help to ease hunger.
- North Carolina University finds that the biggest challenge to healthy foods in food desserts is limited financial resources, not access to supermarkets.
- Midwest farmers talk about their worries within the upcoming Farm Bill. They want farmers and consumers to prioritize the food system and the need to be on the same page.
- An anti-hunger task force in Massachusetts outlines their 3-point plan to reduce hunger.
- Food stamps will now be allowed in this Wisconsin college dining hall.
- In Minnesota, college students are encouraged to take advantage of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
- There is still no Senate announcement on the nomination hearing to consider Sonny Perdue as US Department of Agriculture Secretary. This story shares 13 complaints filed against him with Georgia's State Ethics Commission during his time as governor. The American Farm Bureau supports Sonny Perdue, while the Environmental Working Group has concerns regarding farm subsidies that he receives.
- Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman, Pat Roberts (R-KS) opposes making the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) a block grant. Here is why.
- Check out this page to learn the Congress members assigned to various health and nutrition related committees.
- Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA), Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Nutrition Subcommittee, responded to the Majority’s December 2016 report on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Since the report was created without input from Democrats, McGovern highlighted in a letter other testimony to be considered as the Committee continues reviewing SNAP. The press release is here.
- The upcoming 2018 Farm Bill is a hot topic. This infographic touches on all programs the bill funds. The bill helps to employ registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians involved with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), SNAP-Nutrition Education, fruit and vegetable incentive grants, Expanded Food and Nutrition Program, National Institutes of Food and Agriculture, Human Research Centers, local and regional food system development grants and international food aid.
- The Agriculture Committee held a hearing to examine restrictions on unhealthy foods from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Witness testimony and a webcast of the hearing is here. A representative from the Food Trust was there to testify.
- A program in California supermarkets will double the amount of money that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participants can spend on their produce. Providing this service in grocery stores, along with farmers markets, will increase the time throughout the year that people can purchase fresh produce for less.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics has called on pediatricians to screen all children for food insecurity and connect hungry children with nutrition resources in their communities.
- A study at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tuft’s University found that a relationship between adults utilizing the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and a higher mortality rates.
- Find a round-up of all that’s happening within the political realm of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- The amount of money spent on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is directly related to a reduction in ER visits – “an increase of $100 in SNAP benefits decreased the likelihood of ER visits by 13 percent.”
- In Florida, the elimination of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits causes an increase in visits to the local food bank.
- This article will help you understand how Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits play a crucial role in our agricultural system. It also briefs you on why SNAP funding can be found in the Farm Bill or Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014.
- Expect to see proposals to reduce the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funding or add program restrictions as the 2018 Farm Bill discussions begin.
- As states threaten to reduce SNAP spending, food pantries already struggle to provide enough food for their participants. More here.
- Food pantry clients in Maine are interviewed. Hear their story in this broadcast.
- A bill in Arkansas restricts SNAP purchases to foods that have sufficient nutritional value.
- A Philadelphia reporter outlines details on the progress of barring junk food for SNAP participants across the country.
- You can read this two-page Food Research & Action Center brief that highlights research and strategies on SNAP’s role in dietary quality, obesity, and other health outcomes.
- How does increasing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits promote heathier behaviors?
- In Indiana, former drug felons will be able to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
- Colorado is now processing food stamp applications fast enough to meet federal guidelines.
- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) should match the foods that can be purchased with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- Colorado notes a marked improvement in enrollment on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Still, enrollment remains below the national average.
- A bill suggests a more lenient approach to allowing drug felons on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- The new House and Senate Agriculture Committees have been announced. Senate members are here and the House members may be found here.
- Trump picked his new Secretary of Food and Agriculture.
- What could farm and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) policy look like under the Trump administration? More food and ag speculation can be found here.
- What will food served and healthy food initiatives look like from the White House look like?
- Trump has yet to pick a Food and Agriculture Secretary.
- Pediatricians take on childhood hunger by recommending various supplemental nutrition programs.
- The National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO) recommitted to making sure cialisfrance24.com the low-income have a strong food and nutrition safety net. They wrote a statement to the incoming Congress and the President-Elect to safeguard these programs. National, state and local organizations can support federal nutrition programs by signing your organization onto this advocacy letter due March 1. It will be used during Lobby Day on March 7.
- In Boston, a doctor spent a lifetime treating malnutrition.
- 2/3 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients are seniors, children, or the disabled.
- Poverty and hunger strike cities. See how these conditions affect residents.
- A Wisconsin governor proposes to drug test Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants.
- Flint’s grocery stores receive an upgrade to help rid of the repercussions of their water supply.
- “Did you know, though, that for every 20 bags in food given to Americans in need, only one or two come from private charity?”
- A case is filed because people aren’t getting their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits in a timely manner
- The US Department of Agriculture created standards to increase access to healthy food choices for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The rule requires SNAP authorized retail establishments more healthier food options. Previously, a retailer could participate in the program with a minimum inventory of 12 items; now, it’s a minimum of 84. A summary of this change is posted here. An even more detailed summary can be found here.